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Our vision is to maximise opportunities for students to enrich their lives through cultural and social experiences. Students will:

  • use their imagination and creativity through practical learning and real life settings
  • develop their self-esteem and confidence to empower them to be individuals
  • develop lifelong skills such as teamwork, leadership, creative problem solving and risk taking.

In the Drama Department we believe in a curriculum which allows students to take “structured” risks.


KS3 Curriculum Introduction

By developing a positive and safe environment it allows our students to explore a range of topics which are relevant to them and the wider community. We aim for Drama to be colourful and fun whilst developing and exploring drama techniques through a skills and issues based curriculum. Through links with external companies, practitioners and theatres our students where possible have the opportunity to see good practice and experience a professional working environment, both as an audience member and as a practical participant.

At KS3 students are taught a double lesson fortnightly. Students are introduced to a variety of drama techniques and ways of working so that they are able to devise their own work and develop confidence and group skills. They are introduced to drama strategies and key drama skills and concepts which are developed progressively. They use these to create, rehearse and perform their own work. Students also learn to evaluate performance and write about drama using the correct vocabulary. Students are assessed at the end of each unit of work on the particular skills learnt in that unit.

In Year 9 the Drama curriculum is designed to consolidate skills introduced in Year 7 and 8, whilst introducing new skills, drama techniques and concepts. Students will be introduced to more challenging stimuli, issues and genres, also learning about Drama Practitioners and Theatre Companies methods and techniques. Students will be expected to work with a greater level of independence in the devising and staging process and take bigger risks with their ideas. Students are given the opportunity to experience the demands of the GCSE specification in units of work built around the three Components.

KS3 Topics

Year 7 Introduction to Drama, Kabuki Theatre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre History – Greek Theatre
Year 8 Lord of the Flies, The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty, Blood Brothers, Theatre History – Shakespeare
Year 9 Practitioners and Theatre Companies – Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Theatre in Education (TIE)



KS4 Curriculum Introduction

GCSE Drama (Eduqas)

We aim to cultivate students who have developed a confidence in their ability to explore an issue in a highly practical environment. Through the use of different roles we develop the important life skills of empathy, sensitivity and the ability to engage with issues with a deeper level of perspective and understanding.

Language and communication skills are paramount to what we do, as a department we utilise the rich cultural diversity of our students. Students are encouraged and supported to take their learning and experiences beyond the classroom into society.

GCSE (Eduqas)

Component 1:

Devising Theatre


Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated. 40% of qualification


You will be assessed on either acting or design.


You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.

You must produce:

·       a realisation of their piece of devised theatre

·       a portfolio of supporting evidence

·       an evaluation of the final performance or design.

Component 2:

Performing from a Text


Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner. 20% of qualification


You will be assessed on either acting or design.

You will study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.


You will participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification


Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

1.     The Tempest, William Shakespeare

2.     The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht

3.    Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller

4.     War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford

5.     DNA, Dennis Kelly.


Section B: Live Theatre Review

One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course


KS5 Curriculum Introduction

A Level Drama and Theatre (Eduqas)

Drama and Theatre is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you will need to have a keen interest in the history of drama and study the practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work you study, create and witness.


Lessons are a healthy combination of practical learning supported by the necessary academic theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes place through the following: practical workshops, researching background material on a playwright, and written research, rehearsal of a production, participating in improvisation, devised work and class discussion.


The course can lead you to studying drama at university, drama school or a Performing Arts course. Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre/Performing Arts at a higher level and progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. It has also proved invaluable in journalistic, teaching and legal professions.  When students study Drama and Theatre at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting.


A Level Drama and Theatre

Component 1: Theatre Workshop


Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated. 20% of qualification


You will be assessed on either acting or design.

You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

You must produce:

·       a realisation of the performance or design

·       a creative log.

Component 2: Text in Action


Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner. 40% of qualification


You will be assessed on either acting or design.

You will participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:

1.     a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)

2.     an extract from a text in a different style chosen by you. You must realise your performance live for the visiting examiner.

You will produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.


Component 3: Text in Performance


Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes.   40% of qualification


Sections A and B


Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination.

Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.


Section C


Closed book: The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper.


A question based on a specified extract from:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

Details of the 10-15 minute extract will be released during the first week of March, in the year in which the examination is to be taken.


Extra-curricular Drama

The Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, which vary, from Whole School Productions, GCSE Exam Showcases and Lower School Drama clubs. Pupils are also given regularly opportunities to attend live theatre events both locally and in the West End. The Department works closely alongside the Music, Dance, Design Technology and Art departments annually for our whole school productions.

KS3 Drama Club

The drama lunch and after school club is well attended each week. Sessions are great fun and alongside performances, students take part in concentration, energy and trust games and improvisation exercises. All students have shown a real passion and talent for drama which has helped in creating some fantastic pieces of drama.

School Productions

The Elmgreen School prides itself in putting on a whole school musical production every year. The productions involve a large numbers of students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 13, whose involvement includes acting, singing, playing in the band and technical crew: lighting, sound, costume, make-up, set and props designers.

Our past productions include ‘The Wiz’ (2011) and ‘Bugsy Malone’ (2012), ‘Grease’ (2013), ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (2014), ‘Oliver’ (2015), ‘West Side Story’ (2016) and ‘Hairspray’ (2017).

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